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With: Andie MacDowell, Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor, Kenny Doughty, Caroline Holdaway, Josh Cole, Bill Paterson
Written by: John McKay
Directed by: John McKay
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and language
Running Time: 112
Date: 08/19/2001

Crush (2001)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

'Crush' Mush

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Written and directed by John McKay, Crush is a half-comedy, half-weepie that doesn't really work, though Andie MacDowell is quite wonderful. She plays Kate, a headmistress at a strict girls' school in England, who falls in love with a young church organ player played by Kenny Doughty, and has sex with him in the back seat of her car (much to the annoyance of Kate's best friends, played by Imelda Staunton and Anna Chancellor). But tragedy strikes and the second half of the film turns into a four-hankie weepie, more or less smothering anything we might have enjoyed in the first half.

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